Posted On : 26-01-2018 02:42
LEH – THE HEART OF LADAKH
Leh is the largest town of the Ladakh situated at an altitude of 3524 meters/11,562 feet. It has small yet fascinating market which is surrounded by several villages, Changspa, Chubi, Skara, Samkar, Yourtung, Gompa, and Shastang all within a radius of 3-5kms. A long time ago, Leh was the crossroad of the ancient silk route filled, with caravan traders from central Asian countries carrying textiles, spices, raw silk, carpets, dyestuff and narcotics. At present Leh is the Administrative centre of Leh district of Ladakh and the main commercial centre of tourism industry since 1974, when Ladakh was first opened to foreign tourist. Leh and its adjacent serene villages have a number of Hotels and Guest Houses. It serves as an ideal base to commence tours and treks to the different valleys of Ladakh. Ladakh’s only civilian airport Kushok Bakula Domestic Airport is 3 kms from Leh market. It offers regular flight services to Delhi, Srinagar, Jammu and Chandigarh. Leh is also the main terminal of overland journey to Manali, Srinagar, Delhi and other parts of India.
THE ATTRACTIONS AROUND LEH TOWN
Leh Town is dominated by nine storey Lhachen Phalkar Palace built by King Singge Namgyal in 17th century with almost same architectural pattern with Potala Palace of Tibet. Just above the palace Namgyal Tsemo fort is located on the top of mountain built by King Tashi Namgyal below which there are two shrines Gonkhang and Chamba Lhakang, one dedicated to Dharmapalas- the Protectors deities of Buddha Dharma, another one dedicated to Maitreya Buddha. Below Lhachen Phalkar palace there is Gompa Soma Monastery, Avalokiteshvara shrine room, Maitreya Buddha shrine room, Central Asian caravan Museum and old Leh town in the colorful Leh market, which are worth a visit. Apart from these attractions there are a lot of exciting things to visit in the vicinity of Leh market. The Samkar Gompa is located just 3 Kms from Leh market in the middle of silent and serene Samkar village. The Shanti Stupa, which is the Stupa of Shakyamumi Buddha located on the top of mountain of the Changspa village, built by Japanese Buddhist Association for world Peace and the 14th century Gomgang Stupa, both are located at Changspa village about 2 kms from Leh market. From Namgyal Tsemo and Shanti Stupa you one can have a picturesque view of Leh town; snow Peak Mountains of Zanskar range and Indus valley at different angles. Going further up from Changspa there are ruins of Tisuru Stupa located at Shastang village. The hiking around the adjacent villages of Leh town is recommended.
There is also a day trekking route like Leh to Sabu village and Leh to Gyamtsa. There are also day sightseeing tours by jeep to the famous and biggest monasteries of Indus valley; Shey palace Shrine, Thiksay Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Chemrey monastery, Daktok Monastery, Matho Monastery, Stok Royal palace Museum, Spituk monastery and Phyang Monastery.